Path Auditors making a difference.

Path groups in Highland Perthshire have always been encouraged to audit their paths.  Every group does it differently but each method works!

During lockdown people were encouraged to take daily exercise once a day and that message should not be lost as we come out of lockdown.  During these daily walks the Pitlochry Path group sent the Community Greenspace Ranger photos of access, signage, and vegetation issues.  This has enabled remote decisions to be made on what further action was required and how the issue could be resolved.

One such example is that of a snapped fingerpost on the Clunie path and Strathtay Way (also part of the Rob Roy Way).  During Phase 1 a household volunteer from the Pitlochry Path group was able to replace the fingerpost. This was achievable by having a small stock of replacement posts available for path groups, and by the volunteer using their own tools.  A hand made Rob Roy Way logo was created as the original had disappeared.  As lockdown and travel restrictions have eased this route has now been properly way-marked.

If you want further information on Path Auditing or volunteering for a local path group please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk .

Recycling, up cycling and sharing!

Storage space for any Volunteer group is a luxury!  It is not only what type of storage is needed, but also how to afford it.  In 2017 BRAN (Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network) donated their second hand shed to the Pitlochry Path Group.  Luckily for the group a home was found in Pitlochry Recreation Park.  Although, this seems a simple process the transportation, landowner permission etc. all kept the Community Greenspace Coordinators on their toes!

When it came to decide how the shed should be used, it became apparent that the Pitlochry Litter picking group, whom also sit under the Pitlochry in Bloom constitution would benefit with storage near their starting point – Pitlochry Recreation Park!  So it was decided that the shed should be shared.

A grateful as the group was with the donation, it did not come with its own issues – rot! Again this does not come cheap to resolve!  With assistance from Pitlochry Pavilion User Group work could progress in fixing the shed.

Finally, a joint task day was done to sort out a little rot issue.  As ever it was not that simple, thankfully determined volunteers and a loan of some tools the group got there in the end!  All it now needs is a paint job.  If this good weather continues the shed will hopefully look five years younger, shortly!

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Short Paths, HUGE improvement

Pitlochry path Group would like to share their activities of 2016, which shows the partnerships developed by the group and have aided them to progress a number of initiatives in their patch.

“The Path Group has had a busy and constructive 2016 summer.  The group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom.

In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell.

Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally.  With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two- day period.  The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period.

The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally.  We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch.

Also, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour.  A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works.  This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant.  The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers – absolutely no technical knowledge is required.  If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or via communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.”

Ian Sim

Pitlochry Path Group SLIDE

 

Short paths, HUGE improvement

Pitlochry path Group would like to share their activities of 2016, which shows the partnerships developed by the group and have aided them to progress a number of initiatives in their patch.

“The Path Group has had a busy and constructive 2016 summer.  The group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom.

In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell.

Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally.  With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two- day period.  The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period.

The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally.  We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch.

Also, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour.  A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works.  This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant.  The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers – absolutely no technical knowledge is required.  If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or via communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.”

Ian Sim

Pitlochry Path Group SLIDE